Discover the Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet appellation
In the south of the Côte de Beaune, this beautiful Burgundy terroir follows the road leading to the vineyard of Bâtard-Montrachet, in the Puligny-Montrachet commune. Here, the vineyard grows at the foot of the hills, on a soil made of rich clay debris, silt and chert. This perfect blend of minerals helps with the circulation of rain water. The grapevines of Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet have good sun exposure, to the east, which is ideal for aromatic wines worthy of bearing the mention "Grands Crus".
According to a local Burgundy legend, the name "Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet" came from a former Lord of Montrachet who lost his first son during the Crusades. He accepted to then acknowledge his second child, who was a bastard (born from an affair, hence the name "Bâtard", in French). The people happily welcomed the baby boy into the official royal family, shouting: "Bienvenue, Bâtard de Montrachet!" This explains why the vineyards around the castle inherited such peculiar names.
The Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet AOC only represents 3,5 hectares of vineyard. 172 hectoliters of wine are made each year, here; in a place where the operating conditions are far less favorable than on the slopes where the Montrachet and the Chevalier-Montrachet (the nickname of the Lord of Montrachet's first son, who was a knight) grapevines are planted.
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